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England National Football Team Match No. 781

England 0 Netherlands 2 [0-2]

Wednesday, 15 August 2001

Netherlands Pre-Match


Netherlands Squad for the Match against England 15 August 2001
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
Cocu, Phillip 29-Oct-1970 30 M FC Barcelona, Spain 55 4
Davids, Edgar 13-Mar-1973 28 M Juventus FC, Italy 41 4
de Boer, Frank 15-May-1970 31 D FC Barcelona, Spain 90 11

Frank de Boer withdrew from the squad because of injury and fitness doubts on 15 August.

Hasselbaink, Jerrel "Jimmy Floyd" 27-Mar-1972 29 F Chelsea FC, England 13 6
Hofland, Kevin 07-Jun-1979 22 D PSV Eindhoven 2 0
Kluivert, Patrick 01-Jul-1976 25 F FC Barcelona, Spain 54 33
Landzaat, Denny 06-May-1976 25 M Willem II 1 0
Makaay, Roy 09-Mar-1975 26 F RC Deportivo La Coru�a, Spain 12 0
Melchiot, Mario 04-Nov-1976 24 D Chelsea FC, England 4 0
Oude Kamphuis, Niels 14-Nov-1977 23 M FC Schalke 04, Germany 0 0
Overmars, Marc


28 F FC Barcelona, Spain 67 15
Paauwe, Patrick 27-Dec-1975 25 M Feyenoord 3 0
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G
Petta, Bob 06-Aug-1974 27 D The Celtic FC, Scotland 0 0

Bobby Petta withdrew from the squad because of a hamstring injury on 15 August.

Reiziger, Michael 03-May-1973 28 D FC Barcelona, Spain 49 1
Stam, Jaap 17-Jul-1972 29 D Manchester United FC, England 39 3
van Bommel, Mark 22-Apr-1977 24 M PSV Eindhoven 7 1
van Bronckhorst, Giovanni Christiaan 05-Feb-1975 26 M Arsenal FC, England 21 2
van der Sar, Edwin 29-Oct-1970 30 G Fulham FC, England 60 0
van Hooijdonk, Pierre 29-Nov-1969 31 F Feyenoord 24 9
van Nistelrooij, Rutgerus Johannes Martinus "Ruud" 01-Jul-1976 25 F Manchester United FC, England 12 4
Waterreus, Ronald 25-Aug-1970 30 G PSV Eindhoven 0 0
Westerveld, Sander 23-Oct-1974 26 G Liverpool FC, England 6 0

Sander Westerveld withdrew from the squad because of an aggravated hamstring injury on 15 August.

Zenden, Boudewijn


24 F Chelsea FC, England 30 5


Thursday, 9 August 2001 - Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal named a 23-man squad to face England next Wednesday.  The squad includes the two Dutch players, Barcelona defender Frank de Boer and Juventus midfielder Edgar Davids, banned for use of a banned substance, nandralone.  FIFA has informed The Netherlands' football association that the ban only applies to official matches and that de Boer and Davids are free to play in unofficial friendly matches for both club and country.  UEFA originally imposed a one-year ban on de Boer when he tested positive following a UEFA Cup match in March, but reduced it to two months on appeal because of the probability that he ingested the steroid innocently through contaminated food supplements.  Fortunately for de Boer--and The Netherlands--the reduced ban, beginning 1 July and ending 31 August, neatly coincided with the summer off-season,  and he will be free to play in The Netherlands' crucial World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on 1 September.  Davids, who tested positive after a club match in Italy, was provisionally banned from playing on 31 May by Italian football officials pending a hearing, which will not be held until next month, but the ban has been relaxed to allow him to play in friendly matches.  

Omitted from the squad are Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp, out of favour with van Gaal, Rangers midfielder Ronald de Boer, who has not yet regained full fitness following long-term injury, Rangers defender Arthur Numan, also regaining fitness after a long-term injury, Feyenoord midfielder Paul Bosvelt, who fractured his cheekbone in a preseason friendly, and Internazionale midfielder Clarence Seedorf.  Van Gaal has also made it clear Jordi Cruyff will not be considered for the squad.

Wednesday, 15 August 2001 - Celtic defender Bobby Petta suffered a hamstring injury in the Tuesday evening training session, forcing his withdrawal from the Netherlands squad.  Petta had been set to make his international debut against England after Marc Overmars informed coach Louis van Gaal that he was not fit.  However, Overmars has now been declared fit to play.  Van Gaal also announced that Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld has withdrawn from the squad because he aggravated a persistent hamstring injury in Sunday's Charity Shield match against Manchester United.  Westerveld would not have played in any event.  The Netherlands coaching staff told him earlier this week that Ronald Wattereus would be given his international debut and share goalkeeping duties with first-choice Edwin van der Sar.  Barcelona defender Frank de Boer was declared unfit to play just before the match.  He had been considered doubtful for several days as a result of an Achilles tendon injury.  De Boer limped off the pitch in Barcelona's pre-season friendly against Derby County last Friday, missed Barcelona's Sunday friendly against Blackburn Rovers and was unable to train for several days.


Netherlands Results
No. Date Opposition Venue Type F A Result H.T.
554 02-Sep-2000 Republic of Ireland Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam WCP 2 2 HD [0-1]
555 07-Oct-2000 Cyprus Neo GSP Stadion, Nicosia WCP 4 0 AW [0-0]
556 11-Oct-2000 Portugal Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam WCP 0 2 HL [0-2]
557 15-Nov-2000 Spain Estadio Olimpico, Sevilla F 2 1 AW [0-0]
558 28-Feb-2001 Turkey Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam F 0 0 HD [0-0]
559 24-Mar-2001 Andorra Miniestadi, Barcelona, Spain WCP 5 0 AW [2-0]
560 28-Mar-2001 Portugal Estadio das Antas, Porto WCP 2 2 AD [0-1]
561 25-Apr-2001 Cyprus Philipsstadion, Eindhoven WCP 4 0 HW [3-0]
562 02-Jun-2001 Estonia Lillek�la Staadion, Tallinn WCP 4 2 AW [0-0]